My husband has been experiencing a tingling sensation, sometimes he describes it as more painful like pins and needles.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been experiencing a tingling sensation, sometimes he describes it as more painful like pins and needles. It started in his feet, but has now spread to his fingers as well. His doctor said it was neuropathy and recommended a prescription medication. My husband would like to try something natural to help with this condition. What should he do?” — Marcia M., Chicago, IL
A. Dear Marcia, I highly encourage your husband to discuss any supplementation with his healthcare practitioner as they may have additional insight. With that being said, I believe he could benefit greatly from the addition of certain nutrients, like B vitamins, minerals, and alpha lipoic acid.
I think diet is incredibly important for preventing and treating almost every health condition seen today. I would recommend that he restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
The “pins and needles” feeling can be caused by a variety of conditions, including neuropathy. To support the nerves, B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) can be very useful. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. Extremely effective as an antioxidant, zinc helps to promote tissue and wound healing. Chromium also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which in excess, can contribute to neuropathy symptoms.
Make sure he chooses B vitamins in their “active” forms, as well as minerals in the form of amino acid chelates. Active B vitamins do not need to be converted in the liver and are already in the effective form our body needs. This is important because many people (some experts estimate up to 50% of our population) do not convert B vitamins well, and don’t receive full benefits. I also prefer the amino acid chelates for minerals, because they are so much better absorbed.
I would have your husband take these ingredients three times per day for the first month and then try taking them twice daily thereafter.
Terry . . . Naturally